The Aging Physician: Opportunities and Challenges
A third of doctors in practice will turn 65 within the next eight years, and there are more physicians in that age group than there are in the 40-and-younger category, according to the American Medical Colleges. [Westphal, M. (2013, Feb. 16). Aging Doctors Leaves Supply of Physicians in Critical Condition, Rockford Register Star.] Dr. Sheila LoboPrabhu, our keynote speaker, in an article published in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry addressed whether age should be considered as a risk factor that would merit special screening for adequate functioning for physicians. The authors recommend a call for “an expert consensus panel to convene to make recommendations concerning aging physicians with cognitive impairment.” [LoboPrabhu, S. The Aging Physician With Cognitive Impairment: Approaches to Oversight, Prevention and Remediation. Am J Geriatric Psychiatry 17:6 June 2009]. Should you have technical questions, please contact the AMA Unified Service Center at 800-621-8335. Should you have questions regarding the content, please contact Alice Reed at firstname.lastname@example.org or 312-464-5523.
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